New Jersey Judge Denies Stay Of Gay Marriage Ruling, Governor Christie Files ‘Emergency’ Appeal

6a00d8341c730253ef019affb62dfe970d-250wiEarlier this week, New Jersey Governor Christie filed a request for a stay of Judge Mary Jacobson's decision, handed down last month that ruled gay marriage must be made legal in the Garden State, especially in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's gutting of Section 3 of DOMA. In her decision Jacobson stated, "The ineligibility of same-sex couples for federal benefits is currently
harming same-sex couples in New Jersey in a wide range of contexts." In his request of a stay, Christie's filing essentially argued that "allowing gay couples to marry starting in two weeks would make it
difficult for the state's top court to reverse course should it agree
with the Christie administration's anti-gay marriage stand." However, as Lambda Legal announced, the request for the stay was denied:

In today's decision, the Court wrote:
"In making this argument, however, the State ignores the largely
abstract nature of the harm it alleges, which pales in comparison to the
concrete harm caused to Plaintiffs by their current ineligibility for
many federal marital benefits, and the significant litigation burden
they would have to shoulder to challenge federal denial of marital
benefits to civil union couples."

"This is wonderful news!" said
Hayley Gorenberg, Deputy Legal Director of Lambda Legal. "The court's
decision once again confirms that the hardships of not being able to
marry are real and immediate. Every day does count. Allowing same-sex
couples to marry helps many New Jersey families and hurts no one else."

is with us," said Troy Stevenson, Executive Director of Garden State
Equality. "All couples in New Jersey need the dignity of marriage, and
they need it now. We look forward to seeing many of them, who have been
denied that dignity for too long, marry in the coming weeks."

The stay being denied, gay marriage is set to begin, per Judge Jacobson's ruling, on October 21. However, Christie, who recently reiterated his insistence that gay marriage should be put on the ballot in 2014 and not be decided by the courts, has now, according to the AP, asked "an appeals court judge to consider
an emergency challenge to that order. Christie wants same-sex marriages
put on hold at least until all appeals can be resolved."


  1. David From Canada says

    The war on Same-Sex Marriage has already been won. You can see it taking place all over the world.
    Some people just take longer than others to get the point. Christie falls into this category for various reasons, including politically. He doesn’t yet realize that when the tide rolls in, you can’t turn it back.

  2. says

    The only “emergency stay” Christie believes in is one that tells Tea Party voters outside of NJ that he’s a good anti-gay conservative like they are. If he was a better actor, he’d be eligible for an Oscar with this continuing charade.

    Meanwhile, Christie nonsense aside, equality will be coming to NJ sooner rather than later, and privately I’m sure he’s fine with that, which makes him even more of a despicable liar.

  3. acorlando says

    I don’t understand Christie’s move here. He had the perfect political ‘out’ here. The courts ruled for marriage equality, he brought an appeal, and lost. If he just said, “While I don’t agree with it, I accept the decision of the appeals court” he could have put this behind him.
    As he should have.

  4. MaryM says

    That fat f**k is cementing his legacy as an evil bigot.

    And he will not win the Republican nomination for president.

    Chris Christie will be remembered as morbidly obese, bigot scum.

  5. Zack says

    You weren’t invited to the value voters summit this weekend Christie.
    And even though you fought gay marriage,being the second state to ban conversion therapy will be hung around your neck no matter what you do.

  6. anon says

    I’m sure the thinks this is win-win. The courts will rule in favor of gay marriage and he’ll say he tried to stop it (even though he knew it wouldn’t work). Once it’s over he’ll pretend like it never happened. The state legislature could overturn his veto too, and they only need three more votes.

  7. Steven says

    He will never get elected President in 2016, or any other year, with views like this. I am sick of this obese cow deciding other people’s lives. He couldn’t control his eating, so now he wants to control our lives.

  8. says

    I live in Northern New Jersey and let me tell you there are some serious problems in this state that are being ignored because Christie is devoting all of his attention to fighting gay marriage.

    It doesn’t make sense.

  9. woody says

    All minorities should be concerned that Christie believes their rights should be up for a majority vote.
    This is a man who wants to be president.
    All minorities should be alarmed, especially at a time when, in a transparent cover up for racism, voting rights have been challenged in numerous states.

  10. simon says

    Which part of the ruling he doesn’t understand? It clearly said:
    “the State ignores the largely abstract nature of the harm it alleges”.
    Court was not convinced that it will cause any harm. It is even more unlikely it believes that it is an emergency.

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